Pollock world.

I love Scotland. More specifically the western highlands and the pollock that knock about along its coast.

My favourite fish.

My favourite fish.

Its the second year ive joined a party from aberdeenshire on their annual pilgrimage north to fish for sea trout and pollock in the salt and the brownies in the lochs. Whilst i did a bit of everything last year, this year I wanted to concentrate on the pollock and find new marks along the rocky shore.

When the suns out, its spectacular.

When the suns out, its spectacular.

It was a case of walking the likely bays and drop offs where deep water became shallow, then making a few casts to see if anyone was at home. Luckily I didn’t have a blank day and caught some of the hardest fighting fish ive come across.

The 10 weight was hooped!

The 10 weight was hooped with that tail!

 

I used a 10wt orvis helios and a 8wt sage TCX loaded with airflo sniper sink type 7 lines http://www.flylines.com/airflo-fly-lines-forty-plus-sinking-forty-plus-sniper.cfm which were perfect  for the job and really hard wearing on the barnacles, limpits and rocks. When the fish takes your sandeel pattern, you have to clamp the line tight and stop the fish from getting into the kelp, other wise its curtains. I lost one fish because it wrapped my leader around the kelp. Believe me, you need heavy gear for decent size pollock over kelp beds…a drop net is handy to sometimes!

Some climbing is involved.

Some climbing is involved.

It was great to be with the guys again, they are a great bunch. I promise to do more float tubing with them for the trout next year, but I will not drink wine from a pot noodle pot, as seems to be the aberdeenshire way.

Classy Iain, classy!

Classy Iain, classy!

See you next year.

Back at yer!

Back at yer!

Sustained high!

The start of June give the rivers the sustained high pressure the olive spinners needed to fall to the river after their aerial dance. They make great, if brief fish food with the right conditions and tend to bring the big fish up as the sun goes down.

Spent spinners.

Spent spinners.

I fished a really small beat on the upper usk, just looking for fish riding in the meniscus. Each fish i found came to the net on the first or second cast (it doesn’t happen like this all the time). 

Slurp slurp!

Slurp slurp!

Fished every night of the week the spinners fell, each night I waited under the bridge with the bats for the big trout that never came (the bats were hard on the spinners).

Bat house.

Bat house.

All the way from Pembroke.

A couple of weeks ago now I had the pleasure of taking Mike through a 3 hour casting lesson. Mike had come all the way from Pembroke for a 6pm start.

Mike Raymond

It was a beautiful evening with just a few gnats biting my ankles. Mike had a good cast already but wanted to learn double hauling to get the most from his trout and sewin  fishing from his west Wales streams. I explained that he would get a great benefit by being able to deal with the wind and casting heavier bigger flies more easily.

After getting his loops tighter, we went through the timing of the haul which Mike picked up quickly. We where then able to get his hauling more and more effective with a few tweeks here and there.

Good work Mike, hope you’ve been practising.